Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri is currently the Chief Mentor of the POP (Protect Our Planet) Movement and President of the World Sustainable Development Forum. He is the former Chairman and Founding CEO of the New Delhi-based The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).
Dr. R.K. Pachauri earned a PhD in industrial engineering and economics from North Carolina State University. He was also educated at La Martiniere College in Lucknow and at the Indian Railways Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering in Jamalpur, Bihar. He served as Assistant Professor and Visiting Faculty Member in the Department of Economics and Business at NC State. He was a Visiting Professor of Resource Economics at the College of Mineral and Energy Resources, West Virginia University. On his return to India, he was at the Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad, as Senior Faculty and Director, Consulting and Applied Research Division. He joined The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) as Director in 1982 and headed the organization as chief executive till 2016. He was also a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Resource Systems Institute, East West Center, Honolulu and Visiting Research Fellow at the World Bank, Washington. In 2002, Pachauri was elected Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, established by the World Meteorological Organization(WMO) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to assess information relevant for understanding climate change. He chaired the IPCC up until 2015 and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 on behalf of the Panel. In 2009 he was appointed as the Founding Director of the Yale Climate and Energy Institute, a position which he held till 2012, and was then Senior Advisor to that Institute till 2014. He was also Professor for Sustainable Development Practice at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University, for the period July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2014. Dr. Pachauri holds 25 honorary doctorates from leading universities across the globe. He has been decorated by the governments of France, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and has received the second highest civilian award in India from the President of India.
Dr. Pachauri has vast experience in international affairs and has served in numerous international and Indian bodies in various capacities.